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Sports Columns

Lots of pro teams in a range of sports look just awful

Here’s hoping it’s the normal ebb and flow of the numbers, but it’s rather disturbing to see how many bad pro sports teams there are right now. In the last few years, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers almost made losing look cool with its now-familiar catch phrase, “Trust the process,” ...

Red Wings to stay clipped

Detroit professional sports teams are depressing right now with the majority of them looking like the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant. How bad are things downtown? The historically cursed Lions have become the best team in the city. The Tigers are atrocious, finishing with 114 losses ...

Moral victory in the NFL can have its good side

As much as moral victories sound demoralizing, they can be considered stepping stones to success. If your team takes advantage of them. For most of us fans in Michigan watching last week’s games, you know I’m talking about the Detroit Lions’ 34-31 home loss to the Kansas City ...

Baseball so hard to predict

Preseason playoff predictions rarely turn out to be entirely correct and Major League Baseball is proving that right now. At the start of the year, many saw the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros as favorites in the American League, and they’re both in the playoffs. However, few, if ...

Hey, Antonio Brown: See ya’ later, unless I see you first

Now maybe we’ll be rid of the Antonio Brown saga, but I highly doubt it because of his ties to Central Michigan University. Brown is the ex-Pittsburgh Steeler, ex-Oakland Raider and barely an ex-New England Patriot after he was let go by all three teams in the past year. He forced his way ...

Tickets still mean something

Do you remember the first major sporting event you attended? Do you remember when it was, where it was, or which teams played in it? If you don’t, a good way to remember it is to find the ticket for the game if you still have it. Tickets are magical in that way. Even if you don’t ...

Better plan ahead if you want to watch Detroit Lions on TV this Sunday

If you’re getting excited about sitting back in your armchair to watch the undefeated — but not untied — Detroit Lions on TV this Sunday, you probably will have to make alternate plans. That is, if you have regular cable TV in the area, and maybe even some satellite or alternative cable ...

Academies should be high in our thoughts

Focus is a big thing when it comes to football, as well as life. If you lose it on the gridiron, chances are you’re going to lose on the scoreboard. Last weekend, now-No. 10 Michigan lost its focus, but in the end, the Wolverines got lucky and improved their record to 2-0. Almost ...

Academies should be high in our thoughts

Focus is a big thing when it comes to football, as well as life. If you lose it on the gridiron, chances are you’re going to lose on the scoreboard. Last weekend, now-No. 10 Michigan lost its focus, but in the end, the Wolverines got lucky and improved their record to 2-0. Almost ...

Black Hole growing rapidly

The Black Hole continues to grow larger. That’s what a fan section of the Oakland Coliseum (now RingCentral Coliseum) where the Raiders play is called. It’s also commonly used to describe the Raiders’ usually rabid fans. Nowadays, it’s not just a way to describe Oakland fans, but ...

Just trying to survive the early going in the NFL predictions business

Known as a notorious slow starter, I always have to have a new strategy to try to stop this trend. So let’s go with the easiest strategy — none at all. I made all my picks in about 45 seconds based on last year’s reputations mixed in with a little knowledge of what’s happened in ...

Athletes are people, too

What do you do when you lose passion for the job that you love? That’s a question many of us will ask ourselves at some point in our lives. You might have gone to school, earned an expensive degree, and after years of effort, you finally land a dream job. However, eventually you get worn ...

Baseball made up of dreams and nightmares

When I look at baseball right now, it seems to be full of dreams and nightmares. Not much in between. If you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, it is the nightmares. The Tigers are awful, potentially legendarily awful. What makes it worse, though, is that players who have left the franchise have ...

Is this heaven? Yep, it’s Iowa

Where is your field of dreams? For some, it’s a classic ballpark like Wrigley Field or Fenway Park. Others, it’s maybe a newer, modern stadium like Target Field, Miller Park or Camden Yards. As great as all those facilities are, especially Wrigley and Target since I grew up a fan of the ...

Could be a long year for Packers fans

When you grow up like I did as a Minnesota Vikings fan, you get used to heartbreaking defeat. At this point, I’ve grown almost numb to them as it’s happened so often over the years. In fact, even if my team were predicted to win the Super Bowl in February, I’d chuckle and I wouldn’t ...

Get ready for disappointment Lions fans

If there’s any NFL fanbase that’s used to disappointment, it’s the Detroit Lions. Zero Super Bowl appearances, zero NFC North Division titles since the division was created in 2002, and only one NFC playoff victory since 1957. Yeah, it’s hard to find a team with a more depressing ...

Spartans, Wolverines look to soar

It’s still the middle of summer and the height of the Major League Baseball season, but by the end of this week, America’s pastime will be shoved to the backburner of the sports landscape. That’s because NFL training camps began a couple days ago and NCAA Division I football practices ...

Arenas may be gone, but not memories

Two iconic sporting venues in the Detroit area will soon be no more. Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit is already on the receiving end of the wrecking ball and the Palace of Auburn Hills, out in that suburb, is currently awaiting its impending doom. And probably far sooner than it expected. ...

Upper Peninsula great for sports

It’s summertime and that can be a time for mixed feelings for sports writers. On the plus side, the weather is nice and you have more free time to relax. The negative side is that there’s not a lot going on in the world of sports and you can get stuck coming up with topics for feature ...

Finding a way into Lambeau

Two years ago, I went on an amazing journey. Like Frodo Baggins from Lord of the Rings, I embarked to a place that was unappealing and intimidating, but it was necessary that I completed my adventure. That place was Green Bay, Wisconsin. As I said in my column back in 2017, growing up ...